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Watch the legendary pianist Alexandra Dariescu showcase her unique performance of The Nutcracker and I at the Dubai Opera. Experience a multi-media show which uses a fusion of technology and reality that will leave you enthralled and gasping for more!

Why Watch The Nutcracker and I

A show unlike any other, Alexandra Dariescu’s ‘The Nutcracker and I’ features a grand piano and an extremely talented ballerina behind a translucent screen. You will watch the beloved story of the Nutcracker in an all-new experience, with intricate digital animations that are hand drawn and projected on the screen. It is a fascinating display of how technology and reality can be used together to create a wonderful experience that should not be missed. Experience what it’s like when the lines between reality and fantasy are blurred as you delve into this spectacular multi-media performance. For anyone who dares to dream, witness the magical Christmas story come to life on stage.

The Show

Watch Alexandra Dariescu take you on a captivating journey through her rendition of The Nutcracker and I. Feel like a part of the story with her masterful playing on the grand piano and a graceful performance by a ballerina. The show features favourites such as Pas de Deux, Arabian Dance, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Chinese Dance, and the Flower Waltz from Tchaikovsky’s most loved ballet musical. It showcases 15 masterful arrangements by virtuosos such as Stepan Esiposs, Mikhail Pletnev, Percy Grainger, along with a few completely new variations by the famous Gavin Sutherland. Dariescu is able to attract the younger audiences with her unique take on the legendary play, and you will be surprised at the number of youngsters in attendance for this classical recital. Dariescu stage presence and command of the piano is incredible to see, and you can even catch sight of the animations interacting with her during the show, a subtle, yet wonderful addition. The immersive atmosphere will allow you to have one of the most magical experiences ever!

Good for

Lovers of Classical Music | Fans of The Nutcracker series

Critics Reviews

“Piano recital, animation and live dance innovatively combined into a magical evening.”
Planet Hugill

“There were more youngsters at Milton Court than I would expect to see at a classical recital. Everyone was absolutely rapt.”
Seeing Dance

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Know Before You Go

Show Details

Show Timings

12 December 6:00 PM & 8:30 PM

50 minutes (approximately)

Suitable for ages 8 and up. Children under 4 will not be admitted.

Performed and Produced by
Alexandra Dariescu

Directed by
Nik Hillel

Choreographed by
Jenna Lee

Desiree Ballantyne

Additional Information

Available Facilities
Paid Parking at P2/P3 on Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard
Wheelchair accessible

Rules and Regulations
Latecomers will be allowed inside the hall only during a break.
The door of the auditorium will be closed 5 minutes before the show commences.
The use of any camera recording devices is strictly prohibited inside the hall.

Getting There
Dubai Opera is located in Downtown Dubai.
By Metro: You can hop on to the Metro Tram and get off at the Burj Khalifa Station. A 20-minute walk from the station will lead you to the venue.
By Bus: If you decide to travel by bus, get off at the Dubai Mall Station and then walk to the venue.

Please note that valet parking is no longer available.

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Strict Cancellation Policy

This experience cannot be canceled, amended or rescheduled.

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My Tickets

How to Redeem Your Tickets

Your mobile tickets will be sent to you by email shortly. You may display your ticket on your mobile phone at the box office on the day of the experience.

It is highly recommended that you arrive early and settle down before the show begins.


The ticket is valid only for the same day and same time you have opted for.

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